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President Obama has tried to defend his health care plan lately by criticizing Republicans for trying to roll back ObamaCare without offering any alternatives — despite the fact that Republicans have offered several.
In a White House news conference a week ago, the president said: “They used to say, ‘well, we’re going to replace it with something better.’ There’s not even a pretense now that they’re going to replace it with something better.”
Moments later, Obama elaborated, saying “they used to say they had a replacement. That never actually arrived, right? I mean, I’ve been hearing about this whole replacement thing for two years — now I just don’t hear about it, because basically they don’t have an agenda to provide health insurance to people at affordable rates.”
“For the president to say that no Republican member of Congress has put up a positive solution, or a solution to the health care challenge, is simply not true,” said Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., who introduced his own health care bill before ObamaCare was even passed.
His wasn’t the only one.
“I think the president has an incredibly short memory,” said John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas. “He seems to have forgotten his campaign spent millions and millions of dollars attacking the John McCain health plan. In fact, that was their major argument against John McCain.”
After the campaign, that plan was championed in Congress and co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Goodman explains the plan “would grant a refundable tax credit to every American. It would treat us all same, unlike ObamaCare. It would not discourage employers from hiring anyone. It would not push us all into part-time jobs.”